Kobe Bryant passed away on January 26, 2020. At the time of this writing, that was 137 days ago. It really feels like 137 weeks. We should have known from the moment Bryant passed onto the next life that we were in for an almost biblically awful year, because literally nothing — other than Bong joon-ho’s Parasite winning Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay at the Academy Awards — remotely positive has happened since then.
Despite the fact that the world has moved on from Bryant’s death (well, not “on from”… more “forward from”), we haven’t stopped thinking about him. I don’t know about you, but I can’t go a full week without having the dread of Bryant’s passing thrust upon my memory. It still stings.
Bryant’s memory isn’t only carried around with the weight of sadness, though, as its been announced that his contribution to the arts will be further remembered and honored this summer when he’s awarded the 72nd Los Angeles Area Emmy Governors Awar for his “philanthropy, community building and inspiration that extended beyond the basketball court.”
Bryant will recieve the 72nd Los Angeles Area Emmy Governors Award, which was selected by the Los Angeles Area Governors Award committee in honor of Bryant’s “philanthropy, community building and inspiration that extended beyond the basketball court.”
According to the org, the award “is presented to an individual, company or organization that has made an outstanding, innovative and visionary achievement in the arts, sciences or management of television as well as a substantial contribution to the greater Los Angeles area.” [via Variety]
The 72nd Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards air on television on Saturday, July 18. Rest in Peace, Mamba.
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